Politics

COMMENT: Foreign affairs progress report 2

COMMENT: Foreign affairs progress report 2

As I mentioned in Part I of the Foreign Affairs Progress Report, the federal NDP is committed to earning back Canada’s respect on the world stage.  We have seen how the Conservatives, since their election in 2006 have gradually been withdrawing from our international responsibilities.  For example, the Harper government has pulled out of a UN Convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere.  This puts Canada the only country in the world, outside of the agreement.  (In 1994, Canada signed the Convention and in 1995, ratified it).  Every UN nation &ndas

City to sell Esplanade lands for downtown development

City to sell Esplanade lands for downtown development

Trail City Council is pleased to offer two key properties on Esplanade Avenue fronting the Columbia River for development purposes. The city is seeking proposals from developers to purchase and develop the properties in the heart of Trail’s downtown with preference as a mixed-use project, combining residential and commercial uses.

Changes in the works for traffic flow in key Nelson intersections

Changes in the works for traffic flow in key Nelson intersections

Later this week a consultant from Kelowna will spent four days counting traffic at four key Nelson intersections and then recommending changes in traffic flow in the east end of the downtown.

The impetus for this comes from the recent consultant recommendations from the MMM Group Ltd. for changes to Hall Street.

Nelson Commons is popular with homebuyers

Nelson Commons is popular with homebuyers

Since its display suite on Vernon St. opened in August, 41 people have so far formally expressed interest in purchasing units in the Kootenay Co-op’s proposed housing development.

Those people have not yet made offers to purchase, though, because Nelson Commons needs to clear some hurdles at city hall first.

Province offers raise but no new funding - strike aversion may mean program cuts

Province offers raise but no new funding - strike aversion may mean program cuts

A deal ratified this afternoon by CUPE and the province is a mixed blessing bringing both good news and bad, according to president of CUPE Local 1285 Cherryl MacLeod, who represented both the East and West Kootenays at the bargaining table.

In an interview from Vancouver, MacLeod told The Source that she's delighted there won't be a strike, but is now concerned about how some already-strapped school districts are going to pay for the province's promises.

NDP leader Adrian Dix issues statement regarding his resignation/next steps

Dix addressing the 2012 UBCM attendees.

NDP leader Adrian Dix made the following announcement of his future plans on the BC BDP caucus website:

“Since our defeat in the election on May 14, I have reflected both on my future as Leader of the B.C. NDP and on the future of our party.

“In doing so, I have tried to put the long-term success of the B.C. NDP ahead of any personal ambitions.  

“I have always believed very strongly that politics is not about politicians or leaders themselves, but about the people we represent and the change we hope to bring to British Columbia.

New deal ends threat of school strike

New deal ends threat of school strike

Strike action at schools across the province has been averted with the announcement of a tentative deal between the province and school support workers, according to a press release issued today.

"The provincial bargaining committee working with the British Columbia Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) and the unions representing education support staff have reached a provincial framework agreement under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate yesterday," the release said.

LETTER: Residents band together to protect Pass Creek watersheds

LETTER: Residents band together to protect Pass Creek watersheds

Dear Editor:

We are concerned citizens of Pass Creek, Robson and Raspberry who have united in a campaign to protect Pass Creek watersheds from the negative effects of road building and logging, and to preserve our scenic and wildlife corridor.

COMMENT: Referendums

COMMENT: Referendums

As a dual citizen, Canadian and Swiss, I have the right to vote in Switzerland’s national referendums. In 2012 there were twelve referendums dealing with issues ranging from animal disease legislation to the application of the state’s gambling revenue earnings.

In March of this year the Swiss voted in referendums concerned with improving day care and family services, land use planning, and giving shareholders greater control over executive pay. In June they voted on asylum law amendments and a proposal for the people to elect federal cabinet ministers individually.

RDCK decides to walk away from financial incentives offered by Multi Material BC recycling program

RDCK Board Chair John Kettle . . . not enough money

While the City of Nelson had decided to agree to the financial incentives offered by the BC Government's Multi Material BC, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has not.

Monday, the RDCK will decline the financial incentives offered by Multi Material BC (MMBC) to continue to provide recycling services in the region.

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